Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Duddy: Wayne's ready to surprise

Wayne McCullough has been tipped to come out of the shadows by John Duddy

European champion Kiko Martinez is in for a shock on Saturday night, according to unbeaten middleweight John Duddy.

Martinez comes to Belfast for his non-title clash with Wayne McCullough at the King's Hall as a red hot favourite but Duddy, believes the Pocket Rocket cannot be written off.

Duddy is currently preparing for his big clash with Howard Eastman in North Carolina and is hoping that it can be a double whammy of success for Northern Ireland's boxers.

European super-bantamweight king Martinez has already made it clear that he believes McCullough will go the same way as Bernard Dunne who the 21-year-old Spaniard blew away in just 86 seconds in August.

But Duddy said: " I'm a Wayne McCullough fan and I would love to see Wayne do it and I think he can.

"Martinez is favourite and he can obviously punch but McCullough has a great chin and what happens if McCullough is still there after a few rounds - does he have a plan B?

"It's the biggest fight of Martinez's career, just the way this is the biggest fight of my career. In both fights you have the young against the old bull.

" Wayne McCullough has only ever lost to the very best and he's such a dedicated and fit fighter ? you've seen that right from his amateur days to the pro days. He's going to be 110 per cent ready to go and if this guy thinks that he's going to do to Wayne what he did to Bernard Dunne he's in for a big shock.

"After all Scott Harrison, Prince Naseem and Erik Morales couldn't stop Wayne so why should this guy? I think it's going to be a great scrap and I just hope Wayne can come out on top."

Duddy will arrive in town next week as he counts down to his big night, which will see Martin Lindsay facing Edison Torres on the large supporting bill.

The Venezuelan veteran has a record of 41 wins and 32 defeats with four draws and holds a victory over former European champion David Gueralt. Torres has also been the distance with European champion Martinez, though he has lost his last six fights.

Lindsay recently picked up the IBF Youth featherweight title over ten rounds in Canada and is hoping to move into British featherweight title contention in the New Year.

" I would like to think that with a couple more ten rounders under my belt I'll be ready for a shot at the British title. I can't wait for the King's Hall fight. It'll be great fighting in Belfast again," said Lindsay.

The King's Hall show, which is scheduled to start around 5pm, will also have the debut of Damian Taggart, whose entry into professional has been guided by Tyrone boss Mickey Harte.

Harte said: "I've known Damian and his family for a long time and he is a very determined young man. I'm always interested in helping young people reach their potential and although boxing is very different to what I'm used to but obviously in any sport you need the same attributes to be successful and I believe Damian has those attributes.

"Damian boxed as an amateur but his ultimate ambition was always to be a professional boxer. He took some time out to do a degree in sports science and once he secured that he decided to return to boxing."

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